A native of Minneapolis, Rich Serafin's entryway into music took a tried and true path -- namely, he picked up on what his family members were listening to at the time, which included everything from Elvis tapes to jazz albums and perhaps most particularly his older brother's rock discs, particularly Velvet Underground albums. Using this as a gateway drug of sorts to discover many other bands and acts, earlier and later, who worked in the same vein of inventive drone approaches, Serafin worked in a variety of Minneapolis bands, finally achieving a broader notice in the Morning Stars, which he led and sang for from 1998 to 2001. Though scoring opening slots with such likeminded fellow travelers as Luna and the Warlocks, the band only left behind one CD, Magic Days. Serafin himself decided to continue on in a solo vein, setting up a full home studio and patiently recording everything himself with an eye to an eventual release on his own. That eventually happened with Naked Monsters, a brief but enjoyable album in 2004 that showcased his open love of such accomplished bands as Spacemen 3 and older blues forebears like John Lee Hooker.
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